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Writing versus storytelling

Guest post by Ian McHugh As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, lots of people (ie, jealous writers) love to disparage novelists like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer for the quality of their writing. It’s clunky, repetitive, boring, grammatically questionable and blah. At the same time, they love to idolise writers who possess a [...]

By |2018-04-18T10:56:39+00:0015th December, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Helsinki Bus Station Theory for writers

Guest post by Ian McHugh Helsinki Bus Station Theory is the creation of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, employed as a metaphor for the career of a photographer. It goes like this: Helsinki Bus Station has a number of platforms and a number of different bus routes start from each platform. All the [...]

By |2018-04-18T09:08:05+00:0025th November, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

How to Handle End of Novel Blues

Guest post by Zena Shapter Let’s say you’ve been working on a novel for a while – maybe a year or two, fitting it inbetween work, life and kids. Now you’re approaching its end… you’re past the novel’s climax and you’re starting to wind everything up… You should feel elated. Yay [...]

By |2014-11-15T04:50:04+00:0015th November, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Handle End of Novel Blues

What to do if you’re bored by your characters

Guest post by Ian McHugh KILL THEM! Obviously. There’s a short story that I love called “A Dry , Quiet War” by Tony Daniel, which is basically a space-western that recounts a conflict between superhuman veterans of a war at the end of time. At the climax, the hero goes on [...]

By |2018-06-15T06:41:09+00:0025th October, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What to do if you’re bored by your characters

Clean Your Novel, As If It’s Your Home

Guest post by Zena Shapter Getting a manuscript ready for submission to agents or publishers is much like cleaning your home or car. Since I’m no mechanic, and we all have homes, I’m going to go with the home analogy for now. But why, do you ask, is preparing your [...]

By |2014-10-15T04:47:31+00:0015th October, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Clean Your Novel, As If It’s Your Home

Interview with Donna Maree Hanson

by Ian McHugh With the (then) impending release of her new novel Shatterwing, part one of Dragon Wine, I interviewed Donna Hanson about her long-time passion project. Because I’m a slacker, Shatterwing is now out in the world and the sequel, Skywatcher, is on its way on October 9. The [...]

By |2018-04-18T11:21:36+00:005th October, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Interview with Donna Maree Hanson

The mystic power of triangles, and knowing why your characters are there

Guest post by Ian McHugh One major challenge of stepping up from short stories to novels is managing a larger ensemble of characters. In my impetuousness, I exacerbated this problem for myself by starting from real historical events. Reality is way less tidy than fiction. In real life, people bob up [...]

By |2018-04-18T09:08:04+00:0025th September, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The mystic power of triangles, and knowing why your characters are there

My Top Social Media Tips for Writers

Guest post by Zena Shapter I didn’t mean to become one, but over the last few years I’ve become a social media consultant. Writers started asking me how to use social media and, after a while, I thought – why not? Since I know about social media … why not [...]

By |2018-04-17T15:29:43+00:0015th September, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on My Top Social Media Tips for Writers

Epic interview with Simon Dewar

by Ian McHugh With the forthcoming release of his first fiction anthology, Suspended in Dusk, I interviewed editor Simon Dewar about chutzpah, the importance of having no concept of level of difficulty, the horror of caesarian sections and the inspirational value of Mariah Carey and prog metal. Oh, and some [...]

By |2018-04-18T11:20:49+00:0028th August, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments